Property Experiences and Things to Do
The cool, crystal-clear waters of West Inlet are very safe for swimming, especially in the tidal lagoons. Enjoy walks on the secluded beach, or collect wild Pacific oysters from the rocks at low tide. Cast a line off the point – make sure you pack your fishing tackle. We have plenty of parking available, if you wish to bring your own boat.
Recently completed is a 15 metre, heated, salt-water lap pool and spa, adjacent to the homestead and it is available to guests, by arrangement.
Endemic and migratory birds inhabit the tidal Western and Eastern Inlets, dry sclerophyll forest and wildlife corridors of the property. We provide a bird inventory and a scope can be set up on the bird watching deck to identify the local shorebirds, including the endangered hooded plovers. White-breasted sea eagles are a common sight, hunting at low tide and wedge-tail eagles can be spotted flying low over the farm.
The inlets are whale stranding areas with many sperm and Southern Right whales buried along the shoreline. The last stranding was a pod of pilot whales on the seven-mile beach, opposite Beachside Retreat. Dolphins also visit at certain times of the year, when fish are plentiful.
Take a farm walk with your host Chris or a tour into the rain forests and Tarkine wilderness, in his Mercedes Benz 4WD station wagon. Photograph the magnificent red sunsets or the ever-changing colours of the sea.
In Springtime, listen to the calls of the striped marsh, tree and pobblebonk (banjo) frogs in the Natural Heritage funded wetlands on the property.
Marsupials include antechinus, eastern-barred bandicoot, Tasmanian devil, white-footed dunnart, ringtail and brush-tail possum, eastern spotted quoll and Rufus and Bennett wallabies. Venomous copperhead and tiger snakes are very timid and do not usually come close to the cabins.
Explore the 1.5km coastal nature trail - see property map in the guest compendium and return, either by West Inlet beach, or continue on the long beach walk into Stanley. The return trip to Beachside Retreat, via East Inlet beach, is about 12kms. With prior arrangement, the tour vehicle can collect you from Stanley.